Presentation on theme: "Raising standards, improving lives The new inspection arrangements for maintained schools and academies from January 2012."— Presentation transcript:
Raising standards, improving lives The new inspection arrangements for maintained schools and academies from January 2012
Raising standards, improving lives Consultation and pilot inspections In March 2011 Ofsted published a consultation document setting out its proposals for the inspection of maintained schools and academies from 1 January 2012. During the summer term nearly 150 pilot inspections were carried out. Copies of the evaluation of the consultation and pilot inspections published today and hard copies available for you all
A new inspection framework – inspection methodology and the evaluation schedule
Raising standards, improving lives Key changes In judging the quality of the school, inspectors will make four key judgements: achievement the quality of teaching behaviour and safety leadership and management In judging the school’s overall effectiveness, inspectors will take account of the four key judgements and how well the school promotes pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Raising standards, improving lives Key changes There are no ‘sub-judgements’ or ‘contributory’ judgements. There will be no separate numeric judgments for the Early Years Foundation Stage or the sixth form; inspectors will continue to evaluate these areas as part of the overall school provision. Value added (VA) measures rather than contextual value added (CVA) are used as a measure of progress in previous years.
Raising standards, improving lives Key changes There is a greater focus on: narrowing gaps in performance quality of teaching and its impact on learning reading and literacy behaviour and safety. Inspectors will expect to use a summary of a school’s self-evaluation presented in a form chosen by the school.
Raising standards, improving lives We will retain and build on the strengths of the current framework by: fostering the engagement of headteachers, school staff and governors in the process of inspection so that they understand the judgements made ensuring that inspection time is focused on observing teaching and learning, with feedback to teachers gathering, analysing and taking into account the views of parents, pupils and staff set out clear grade descriptors and guidance for each judgement.
Raising standards, improving lives Achievement will include an evaluation of current pupils’ learning and progress together with attainment and progress in recent years. What is similar to current arrangements? Achievement of different groups of pupils, including those with disabilities and those with special educational needs remains at the heart of the judgement. Learning and progress are key drivers of achievement
Raising standards, improving lives Achievement Key differences to current arrangements There is no separate or contributory judgement on the achievement of pupils with disabilities or those with special educational needs. There is no separate judgement on attainment. There is a greater focus on how schools are narrowing the gaps in attainment and progress between different groups of pupils and all pupils nationally. There are no contextual value added (CVA) measures. RAISEonline is being adapted to include a range of value added (VA) measures. A greater focus on pupils’ achievement in reading, as shown by test results, school records and inspectors’ evaluation of children's reading.
The quality of teaching The most important role of teaching is to raise pupils’ achievement. It is also important in promoting their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Teaching includes teachers’ planning and implementing of learning activities across the whole curriculum, as well as marking, assessment and feedback. It comprises activities within and outside the classroom, such as support and intervention. Raising standards, improving lives
A short aside 1 Acceleration (speed up a year) Feedback Student-teacher relationships Teaching study skills Reading Recovery Cooperative learning Homework Individualized instruction Ability grouping Open vs. traditional classes Retention (hold back a year) Shifting schools
Raising standards, improving lives The quality of teaching What is similar to current arrangements? Teaching is evaluated in terms of its impact on learning and progress. The prime source of evidence is through lesson observations. Inspectors will continue to take account of the school’s own evaluation of the quality of teaching. Inspectors will continue to undertake joint lesson observations with senior staff to enable inspectors to consider the school’s understanding of the quality of teaching. There will be feedback to teachers on the strengths and areas for improvement observed.
Raising standards, improving lives The quality of teaching Key differences Inspectors will gather evidence in addition to lesson observations to provide information about what impact teaching has on learning over time, for example: discussions with pupils about their work analysis of school records scrutiny and analysis of pupils’ work. There is a greater focus on: teaching of reading and developing literacy skills including observation of small group sessions formative assessment during lessons to support learning.
Raising standards, improving lives Behaviour and safety This judgement takes account of a wider range of evidence than the judgement on behaviour in the current arrangements, as it includes: behaviour in the classroom and attitudes to learning behaviour around school attendance and punctuality a focus on freedom from bullying.
Raising standards, improving lives Behaviour and safety Central to the new judgement is the collection of evidence that provides a picture of what behaviour is typically like, not just that observed during the inspection. The views of parents, pupils and staff are important sources of evidence to consider when assessing pupils’ behaviour and safety over time.
Raising standards, improving lives Leadership and management A focus on how effectively leaders and managers at all levels, in the context of the individual school: promote improvements for all pupils and groups of pupils enable pupils to overcome specific barriers to learning.
Raising standards, improving lives Leadership and management What is similar to current arrangements? The focus on: improving outcomes and improving teaching self-evaluation capacity for improvement. The requirement to evaluate the school’s compliance with statutory requirements on safeguarding remains.
Raising standards, improving lives Leadership and management Key differences One single judgement on leadership and management There is no separate judgement for capacity to improve; this is incorporated in the single judgement on leadership and management An evaluation of the provision of a broad, balanced curriculum that meets the needs of all pupils A greater emphasis on engaging with parents and carers in supporting outcomes for pupils
Raising standards, improving lives Overall effectiveness This takes account of the four judgements and how the school promotes the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development. A key aspect of judging overall effectiveness will be weighing the four judgements together with the evidence for the school’s promotion of the pupils’ SMSC development.
Changes to other aspects of the inspection framework
Raising standards, improving lives The timing of inspections The current Education Bill has proposals which allow some schools to be exempted from section 5 inspections. The proposed legislation will allow schools judged outstanding in their previous inspection to be exempt.
Raising standards, improving lives Exempt schools (those judged outstanding at their previous inspection) will not be inspected unless risk assessment shows a decline in performance or attainment gaps widen. Exempt schools will still be included in subject and thematic survey inspections. Schools judged good at their last inspection will continue to have their inspection deferred after 3 years if risk assessment indicates no concerns.
Raising standards, improving lives Schools judged satisfactory will be inspected within three years of the end the academic year in which they were last inspected. These schools may also receive a monitoring visit if: they have been satisfactory for two consecutive inspections there are no main grades above satisfactory. Should the monitoring visit indicate little or no improvement then the school’s next full inspection may be brought forward.
Raising standards, improving lives Risk assessment Ofsted carries out a risk assessment to process to decide when schools should be inspected. We propose to continue with the annual process of risk assessment of good and outstanding schools starting in the third year after the school’s last inspection.
Raising standards, improving lives The risk assessment process will take into account: current attainment, progress and attendance changes in attainment, progress and attendance previous inspection judgements and findings from any recent survey visits any significant issues relating to safeguarding and parental complaints the views of parents and carers gathered between inspections.
Raising standards, improving lives The views of parents and carers Ofsted remains committed to gathering the views of parents and carers between inspections to help decide when schools should be inspected. Later this term, Ofsted will launch a web-site - Parent View - where parents and carers can answer a series of questions about the school.
Raising standards, improving lives Parent View Results will be published in real-time and will be available to schools, parents/carers and the general public. This will allow the comparison of results between schools. At the end of the academic year the results will be ‘frozen’ for that year and a new set of results will begin. This will allow comparisons to be made between the results for one year with another. We have built in safeguards to minimise the risk of the site being misused.
Raising standards, improving lives Arrangements for schools judged inadequate We propose bring forward the first monitoring visits to these schools. We are trialling this approach in a small number of schools where the first visit replaces the school’s causing concern seminar. This enables inspectors to learn more about the needs of the school and to assess with the school what needs to be done to bring about rapid improvement. This will enable schools to demonstrate more quickly than under current arrangements that they are making the necessary improvements and so be removed from the category of concern more quickly.
Raising standards, improving lives Requests to inspect schools Any requests for inspection will be considered by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector (HMCI) who will decide whether to carry out an inspection. The Education Bill proposes that HMCI should be able, in some circumstances, be able to recover the costs of an inspection requested by a school.